Friday, February 27, 2015

Vacation Memories

By now you know it’s not a secret that I love ornaments! I love them so much that I want to keep them out all year, not just at Christmas time. A great way to do this is by incorporating them into every other area of my life, like my recent trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (yes, be jealous! It was an average of 82 degrees there every dayJ). 
I found these empty black memory trays at Hobby Lobby just the other week. I bought three because this annual trip is always taken with some of my best friends and I wanted them to have one also. Of course, all of the other supplies like the scrapbook paper, ribbon and stickers came from there, all at 50% off because no one should ever pay retail at Hobby Lobby.
My husband is an avid scuba diver so this year I was excited to start carrying scuba diver ornaments in the Ornaments for Keeps collection which I definitely wanted to use in the tray. I personalized it with his name, year and Dominican Republic, and added a picture of him in all of his gear. I chose the colors turquoise and orange because it felt tropical and will also match at my lake house.
After I had my pictures and paper placed the way I wanted, I started on the fun part, the embellishments! This is just a trial and error process that can take some time but can also make the entire project.

I brought back a star fish magnet that has Punta Cana on it I wanted to use also. I had the buttons and mini clothespins at my house but I’m sure those came from Hobby Lobby too.  Look around your house, you can find these tiny treasures everywhere! It took me a couple of days of looking at it and making small changes but I am so happy with the way it turned out!! We made such great memories and now I can be reminded of that all year!

Remember each occasion you have this year, whether it be a wedding, new baby, baptism, etc. and order your personalized ornament from Ornaments for Keeps. “Making memories one ornament at a time.”
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